Thank you for help, support in coping with cancer

To the Editor:

I want to thank the many people who have helped and supported me this summer in my battle against stage IV cancer.

There simply are not words to express how deeply each of you has touched my heart with your outpour­ing of love and comfort following my May 30 diagnosis.

Nothing shattered my existence more than learning from my doctors the road ahead. Worse, my illness meant I am unable to work for the first time since I was 15 years old. The response from the community to raise funds to help me get by was one of the most awesome things I’ve ever experienced. I am humbled and overwhelmed by your generosity and concern. Suddenly, I don’t feel so alone. I don’t have to worry about pay­ing my bills and, instead, can focus on my treatment.

I especially want to thank everyone at Amigo’s restaurant in Milford for hosting the Helping Hands for Kathy fundraiser on July 8 and for the area merchants who donated items to the benefit raffle. In four hours, you raised more than $3,000 I also am extremely grateful to everyone who donated to "A Helping Hand for Kathy" GoFund­Me page. Your donations so far exceeded $7,000 and are making a huge difference in helping me get by.

I want to thank the pa­rishioners of St. Patrick Parish for your prayers and concern, and a spe­cial thank you to our pas­tor, Father Don Keegan, for his constant support, kindness and strength.

Whether you were there to give me a hug, a word of encouragement, made me laugh, listened when I needed to talk or donated money, all your kindnesses are deeply ap­preciated. Every gesture is an act of love that has helped lift and sustain me along this difficult road.

I love you all. Please keep me in your prayers.

Kathy Knowlton